SA businessman sentenced in $1.65 million food stamp fraud scheme

Sunny Joseph, 52, sentenced to 48 months in federal prison


SAN ANTONIO – A 52-year-old San Antonio businessman was sentenced Monday morning to 48 months in federal prison for his role in an estimated $1.65 million Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program food stamp fraud scheme.

According to the Department of Justice, Sunny Joseph pleaded guilty on April 23, admitting that between November 2009 and March 2011 he and his employees sold ineligible items, including alcohol and tobacco, to SNAP beneficiaries.

The DOJ said Joseph, who was the owner of Picnic Food Mart on South Hamilton Avenue, also admitted he and his employees traded SNAP benefits for cash for a fee averaging between 35-42 cents for every dollar.

Joseph was additionally sentenced to three years of supervised release following his prison sentence and was ordered to pay $1,652,000 in restitution to the federal government.

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